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He said that the process to reform the state unit was underway and a new team would be announced shortly

He said that the process to reform the state unit was underway and a new team would be announced shortly

In its recommendation to the President, election commission has said 20 legislators of Aam Aadmi Party be disqualified for holding offices of profit as parliamentary secretaries. Still, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress have demanded Kejriwal's resignation on moral grounds.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who expressed support for AAP, also criticised the Election Commission saying a constitutional body can not be used for political vendetta.

AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha soon after the EC recommendation tweeted, "EC hasn't even heard the OoP matter on merits and now makes ill-founded recommendations without giving AAP MLAs an opportunity of being heard".

Justice Palli on Friday said she was not inclined to pass any order or issue notice and asked the EC to clarify the queries raised by her.

AAP can not hide its "political crookedness" by hiding behind its predecessor Sheila Dixit doing the same thing in 2006 with19 MLAs. Rai also said that the appointment of parliamentary secretaries had come up in a total of 11 states but only Aam Aadmi Party is being targetted. There were no parliamentary secretary posts. The mandate it got in Delhi Assembly elections is a testimony to the fact that people actually saw AAP as a political alternatively to BJP and Congress. It was then that public prosecutor Prashant Pratel Umrao appealed to the president of India that this was an "unconstitutional" move that should be examined by the EC thoroughly, after recommendation from the president. Although it had won 67 seats in the 2015 elections, four of its MLAs are now under suspension, and the Rajouri Garden seat went to the BJP in a by-poll.

In cases where petitions are made seeking disqualification of lawmakers, the president sends a reference to the EC which decides on the case by sending back its opinion. AAP has accused that Joti is repaying to Modi by deciding on the fate of the 20 MLAs. "By delaying the disqualification by three weeks, the EC helped AAP". The president also rejected the bill in which the AAP MLAs were appointed by the Delhi Government.

He said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government was suppressing democracy in the country and questioned that there is no meaning of constitutional institutions left in the country.

Terming the decision by the Election Commission (EC) an "unfortunate and sad" one senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said, "It's very unfortunate and sad the action against 20 AAP MLAs, I had given certain suggestions earlier but I was told its the CM's prerogative to appoint people so I kept quiet".

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